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Year Published: 2019

Hydraulic conductivity estimates from slug tests in the Big Sioux aquifer near Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Hydraulic conductivity estimates were made for 15 observation wells using slug-out (rising-head) tests in the Big Sioux aquifer near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as part of a cooperative study with the City of Sioux Falls to characterize the hydrogeology and the extent of the Big Sioux aquifer north of the city. Well and aquifer data were collected...

Eldridge, William G.; Medler, Colton J.
Eldridge, W.G., and Medler, C.J., 2019, Hydraulic conductivity estimates from slug tests in the Big Sioux Aquifer near Sioux Falls, South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5013, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195013.

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Water-balance modeling of selected lakes for evaluating viability as long-term fisheries in Kidder, Logan, and Stutsman Counties, North Dakota

Water levels in lakes and wetlands in the central North Dakota Missouri Coteau region that were either dry or only sporadically held water since before the 1930s have been rising since the early 1990s in response to an extended wet period. The lakes have remained full since the mid-1990s, which has provided benefits to migratory waterfowl,...

Lundgren, Robert F.; York, Benjamin C. ; Stroh, Nathan A. ; Vecchia, Aldo V.
Lundgren, R.F., York, B.C., Stroh, N.A., and Vecchia, A.V., 2019, Water-balance modeling of selected lakes for evaluating viability as long-term fisheries in Kidder, Logan, and Stutsman Counties, North Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5007, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195007.

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Stochastic model for simulating Souris River Basin regulated streamflow upstream from Minot, North Dakota

The Souris River Basin is a 24,000 square-mile basin in the Provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada, and the State of North Dakota in the United States. Above-average snowpack during the winter of 2010–11, along with record-setting rains in May and June of 2011, led to record flooding that caused extensive damage to Minot, North Dakota,...

Kolars, Kelsey A.; Vecchia, Aldo V.; Galloway, Joel M.
Kolars, K.A., Vecchia, A.V., and Galloway, J.M., 2019, Stochastic model for simulating Souris River Basin regulated streamflow upstream from Minot, North Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5155, 24 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185155.

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Delineation of selected lithologic units using airborne electromagnetic data near Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the City of Cedar Rapids, began a study in 2013 to better understand the effects of drought stress on the Cedar River alluvial aquifer. After an evaluation of the existing groundwater-flow models for the alluvial aquifer, a plan was begun to construct an updated groundwater-flow model capable of...

Valder, Joshua F.; Haj, Adel E.; Bristow, Emilia L.; Valseth, Kristen J.
Valder, J.F., Haj, A.E., Bristow, E.L., and Valseth, K.J., 2019, Delineation of selected lithologic units using airborne electromagnetic data near Cedar Rapids, Iowa (ver. 1.1, February 2019): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3423, 2 sheets, 9-p. pamphlet, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3423.

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Year Published: 2018

Interactive tool to estimate groundwater elevations in central and eastern North Dakota

This report describes an interactive tool (NDakGWtool) in which a statistical model is developed using locally weighted regression to estimate monthly mean groundwater elevations for a specified latitude and longitude, referred to as the “user-specified location.” For each user-specified location, seven models are developed for each month from...

Nustad, Rochelle A.; Damschen, William C.; Vecchia, Aldo V.
Nustad, R.A., Damschen, W.C., and Vecchia, A.V., 2018, Interactive tool to estimate groundwater elevations in central and eastern North Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1185, 24 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181185.

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Revised groundwater-flow model of the glacial aquifer system north of Aberdeen, South Dakota, through water year 2015

The city of Aberdeen, in northeastern South Dakota, requires an expanded and sustainable supply of water to meet current and future demands. Conceptual and numerical models of the glacial aquifer system in the area north of Aberdeen were developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the City of Aberdeen in 2012. The U.S. Geological...

Valder, Joshua F.; Eldridge, William G.; Davis, Kyle W.; Medler, Colton J.; Koth, Karl R.
Valder, J.F., Eldridge, W.G., Davis, K.W., Medler, C.J., and Koth, K.R., 2018, Revised groundwater-flow model of the glacial aquifer system north of Aberdeen, South Dakota, through water year 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5137, 56 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185137.

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Quality-assurance plan for groundwater activities, U.S. Geological Survey Dakota Water Science Center

As the Nation’s principal earth-science information agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is depended upon to collect accurate data and produce factual and impartial interpretive reports. Methods for data collection and analysis that were developed by the USGS have become standard techniques used by numerous Federal, State, and local agencies...

Valder, Joshua F.; Carter, Janet M.; Robinson, Steven M.; Laveau, Christopher D.; Petersen, Joel A.
Valder, J.F., Carter, J.M., Robinson, S.M., Laveau, C.D., and Petersen, J.A., 2018, Quality-assurance plan for groundwater activities, U.S. Geological Survey Dakota Water Science Center: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1103, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181103.

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Arsenic geochemistry of alluvial sediments and pore waters affected by mine tailings along the Belle Fourche and Cheyenne River floodplains

Gold mining operations in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota resulted in the discharge of arsenopyrite-bearing mine tailings into Whitewood Creek from 1876 to 1977. Those tailings were transported further downstream along the Belle Fourche River, the Cheyenne River, and the Missouri River. An estimated 110 million metric tons of tailings...

Pfeifle, Bryce D.; Stamm, John F.; Stone, James J.
Pfeifle, B.D., Stamm, J.F. and Stone, J.J., 2018, Arsenic geochemistry of alluvial sediments and pore waters affected by mine tailings along the Belle Fourche and Cheyenne River floodplains: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, v. 229, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11270-018-3836-8.

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Shoreline erosion at selected areas along Lake Sharpe on the Lower Brule Reservation in South Dakota, 1966–2015

The Lower Brule Reservation in central South Dakota is losing land because of shoreline erosion along Lake Sharpe, a reservoir on the Missouri River, which has caused detrimental effects for the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe including losses of cultural sites, recreation access points, wildlife habitat, irrigated cropland, and landmass. To better...

Thompson, Ryan F.; Stamm, John F.
Thompson, R.F., and Stamm, J.F., 2018, Shoreline erosion at selected areas along Lake Sharpe on the Lower Brule Reservation, South Dakota, 1966–2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5058, 29 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185058.

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Construction and calibration of a groundwater-flow model to assess groundwater availability in the uppermost principal aquifer systems of the Williston Basin, United States and Canada

The U.S. Geological Survey developed a groundwater-flow model for the uppermost principal aquifer systems in the Williston Basin in parts of Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the United States and parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan in Canada as part of a detailed assessment of the groundwater availability in the area. The assessment was...

Davis, Kyle W.; Long, Andrew J.
Davis, K.W., and Long, A.J., 2018, Construction and calibration of a groundwater-flow model to assess groundwater availability in the uppermost principal aquifer systems of the Williston Basin, United States and Canada: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5158, 70 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175158.

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Model methodology for estimating pesticide concentration extremes based on sparse monitoring data

This report describes a new methodology for using sparse (weekly or less frequent observations) and potentially highly censored pesticide monitoring data to simulate daily pesticide concentrations and associated quantities used for acute and chronic exposure assessments, such as the annual maximum daily concentration. The new methodology is based...

Vecchia, Aldo V.
Vecchia, A.V., 2018, Model methodology for estimating pesticide concentration extremes based on sparse monitoring data: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5159, 47 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175159.

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Delineation of the hydrogeologic framework of the Big Sioux aquifer near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, using airborne electromagnetic data

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, began developing a groundwater-flow model of the Big Sioux aquifer in 2014 that will enable the City to make more informed water management decisions, such as delineation of areas of the greatest specific yield, which is crucial for locating municipal wells....

Valseth, Kristen J.; Delzer, Gregory C.; Price, Curtis V.
Valseth, K.J., Delzer, G.C., and Price, C.V., 2018, Delineation of the hydrogeologic framework of the Big Sioux aquifer near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, using airborne electromagnetic data: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3393, 2 sheets, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3393.